Lumping this milestone news together for Toronto’s finest today.
First, The Weeknd has the #1 song in the country! Would you have believed that in 2011? “Can’t Feel My Face” tops the Hot 100 this week and I suspect the run will at least ride through the rest of the summer.
ICYMI: My thoughts on Weeknd’s headlining Lolla performance
The other accolade goes to the city’s top dog, Drake, who has the first platinum album of 2015. 1 million copies sold… and this is after the initial rush got it for free back in February. Quite the accomplishment that Drake also dapped up on social media tonight too.
Live updates comin’ in from Toronto as the expected star-studded OVO Fest affair is going off without a hitch… and going on with a bevy of guest stars.
Widely expected surprise/not so surprise guests Kanye West, Skepta, and Future all appeared. (UPDATE: Pharrell too. Didn’t expect that one!) The former sounds like he had his own concert within Drake’s concert, in fact. And to top it off, Drake roasted Meek Mill with a slideshow of MEMEs. (I led it off above with my favorite, and I’m sure there’s more.) The tweets/clips below, to be updated throughout the night. At posting time, Kanye’s set is still going on. Wow. (UPDATES on the top now as the fest closed with “Know Yourself” and apparently “Back To back” again.)
I was runnin through the 6…Drake is joined on stage by all his woes…and Will Smith.
The subscript to OVO Fest was a cool tidbit of NBA news as the Raptors let their ambassador reveal their new away alternate threads. Drake went with the free agent signee/Toronto-bred Cory Joseph, who undoubtedly chose the number 6 for his hometown. The OVO colorway has always been a hit and translates well to the jerseys, which will likely translate well to the court too. Probably Philly’s the best, ha! What another checkmate move that’ll be for Drizzy.
Below you’ll see him rockin the threads and above, all of the options the Raptors will have this year. The colors are tight but I’m not totally feelin’ the arched ‘Raptors’ and close spacing with the numbers. It makes me want last year’s unis back, in fact. But that said, the OVO one is gonna do some numbers.
Enjoy this entertaining video from b/r at Drake’s OVO Fest kickball game, unfortunately postponed, but also featuring LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Tristan Thompson. Blaming the 6 God for the rain too is pretty great.